16 Essentials of Men's Style

Put This On is blog series devoted to “dressing like a grownup.” Their advice is practical and comprehensive, though I may not agree with all of it. I combed their site and summarized gold nuggets that are specifically helpful to job seekers.

According to Jesse, “Your goal in dressing for an interview should be to convey that you care about the opportunity, and that you’re willing to be part of the team. You should dress conservatively, without ostentation, and err on the side of formality. … Basic interview attire is a navy or gray suit, black shoes, a white shirt, and a simple tie. … Never showy, always appropriate. Simple, neat, never distracting.”

Below is a summary of 16 essentials of style that every job-seeking man should consider.

  1. Jacket should follow the lines of your upper body and not be too loose or tight.
  2. Suits in gray, navy (and also in black, in my opinion).
  3. White dress shirts.
  4. White t-shirts underneath dress shirts.
  5. Unbutton the bottom button of jacket and/or vest.
  6. Buttoning the top button is optional on 3-button jackets.
  7. Black belt with black shoes, brown belt with brown shoes.
  8. Belt or suspenders, but never both.
  9. Standard dress belt ~1 1/4″ wide; don’t go narrower. Wider than 1 1/4″ is casual.
  10. Pants are fine with or without cuffs, with or without pleats; but without is more modern.
  11. Pant length somewhere between bottom of heel and where shoe heel meets the ground.
  12. Tailor suits, sport coats or pants as necessary.
  13. Tie should have a dimple in the knot.
  14. Tie should reach belt line–not above or below belt.
  15. Wear a tie only with a suit, sport coat or sweater, but never solo.
  16. For casual attire: light-weight wool pants, khaki pants, good straight-cut jeans with no holes, patterned long sleeve shirts, solid polos and sweaters.


2 thoughts on “16 Essentials of Men's Style

  1. It might be important to point out that great care should be taken into what kind of job/industry you are applying for. Many internet startup companies, for instance, have a pretty relaxed dress code and might not want to be intimidated during the interview process by a candidate who has out-dressed everybody in the office.

    That’s not to say that one shouldn’t dress to impress; I love that you highlight “err[ing] on the side of formality” in your article above and nothing could be closer to the truth. Interviewing for a Fortune 500 company? Dimple that tie. Interviewing for an internet startup? Loosen that tie or ditch it altogether!

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